30 November 2012

Tunisia: Nation Commends Palestine's Upgrade to Observer Status At United Nations

Tunis — Tunisia commended, on Friday, the upgrade of Palestine to the Observer Status at the United Nations, during a historical vote on Thursday, at the United Nations General Assembly.

According to a statement released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, "this vote came to materialise the support of the international community to the legal and legitimate claim of Palestine and its just cause."

This new step, the declaration reads, is in many respects, a factor of stability in the region and could only incite the Palestinians and the Israelis to resume negotiations. "It is also a good sign on the path of inter-Palestinian reconciliation and unification of the Palestinian ranks", adds Tunisia's declaration, voicing hope to see the United Nations carry on its historical role to reach a final settlement to the Palestinian cause and put an end to injustice faced by the Palestinian people during decades.

The new international status, which makes of Palestine a "Non Member Observer State", provides access to the Palestinians to the United Nations agencies and the international treaties.

The resolution granting Palestine the UN Observer Status was adopted with a majority of 138 votes for, 41 abstentions and 9 against including the United States and Israel.

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